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eco friendly dog sweaters and coats

I’m not usually big on doggie fashions, (I like to air everything out when I hit the street). But, it’s getting cold out there and I understand many dog owner’s compulsion to both keep their little poochie warm and express their need to dominate the dog park with their fashion sense and good taste.  Here are three options for cold weather dog display.


left to right above:

  • I don’t think I can pull this one off – Divine Purple Dog Sweater (w/beanie) in luxurious alpaca. $48.75 @
  • Reversible coat made from recycled plastic (hood up or down) in blueberry/lime green. $57 @ anniessweatshop
  • My favorite.  This WagWear vest is waterproof and adjustable.  Perfect for an athlete like myself. In tasteful chocolate.
    $50 @ olivegreendog
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Friday, November 21, 2008

2 Great Green Giveaways from ENVIROSAX

UPDATE:  December 1, 2008
Our Random Drawing took place on November 28.  And it’s now official – our two lucky winners are Oona and Jennifer R.  Congratulations!  Thanks to everyone for participating.  And don’t forget to bring a reusable bag with you whenever you shop.

Bag the plastic bag, and shop with sustainable style by using Envirosax hemp and bamboo bags.  Compliments of trend-setting reusable shopping bag designer, Envirosax, two lucky readers will each receive a fabulous eco friendly bag. We’re giving away one tote made from hemp, and another one made from bamboo. Entering this Giveaway is as easy as 1, 2, 3.



Each prize is valued at $24.95, plus free shipping, worldwide. And they come with their own little pouch for easy storage in a glove compartment, backpack or handbag.

STEP 1 & 2 – To enter: first, visit and check out their amazing array of reusable bags. Then enter a comment on this post telling us which design is your favorite. Winner will receive either a beautiful hemp or bamboo tote (per examples, above).

Step 3 – Prize notification: is via email — be sure to add the following address to your email address book: m at

Entries must be received by 12n (ET), Fri, November 28.  It’s that simple.

Random Drawing takes place on Friday, November 28, 2008. Two lucky winners of these designer totes will be selected and notified by email. (add: m at to your address book.) Winners need to reply to notification within 24 hours in order to claim their individual prize, otherwise their offer is null and void. The 2 winners’ names will also be included on this post.

Thanks for reading The Alternative Consumer — start clicking, and good luck! (One entry per person, of course.)

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Gocycle – an electric bike with style


London-based Karbon Kintetics is field testing a cool looking and innovative electric bike for urban commuters, the Gocycle.


gocyclebutton.jpgThe bike has a lot of great features: it’s lightweight (injection molded magnesium), the seat and handlebars adjust without tools for each rider, it has a range of 6 to 20 miles (with pedal input), 3.5 hours of battery power (the bike can be operated gocyclebattery.jpgwithout electric assist) and is designed “as clean, sustainable, cost-effective city specific transportation.”  It has a 9Ah NiMH battery that is stored in-body, a 250 Watt motor and a controller that is USB programmable. Two hundred prototypes have been produced with e-bike manufacturer Ideal Bike, and are being tested worldwide.

more info @


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a mixed bag of green news


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